B. I. News on the 'Net, March 9-15, 2015

Charlevoix County Proud Contest

Click on the BICS logo above to vote for the Beaver Island Community School Soccer Team!

It is the Charlevoix County Proud contest, and the winning sports team or band will get their picture posted on the side of a Charlevoix County transit bus for a year. All of our kids can be featured on the wrap, but we had to choose one team for voting purposes, so we chose soccer as it is our largest team.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 16, 2015

Warm morning, at least much warmer than it's been for months, it's 36 outside although it does feel like 30 thanks to the wind chill. Wind is at 6 mph from the west with gusts up to 20 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 1010 mb, and visibility is at 7.5 miles. Today: Cloudy. Rain in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Rain and snow. Lows in the mid 20s. North winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the northwest 10 to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 16, 1963 - "Puff The Magic Dragon" was released by Peter, Paul and Mary. (You'll be humming this all day)

Did you know that you can tell the sex of a horse by its teeth (most males have 40, females 36)?

Word of the day: abstentious (abs-TEN-shus) which means self-restraining, especially in eating or drinking. From Latin abstinere (to hold back), from ab- (away) + tenere (to hold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ten- (to stretch), which also gave us tense, tenet, tendon, tent, tenor, tender, pretend, extend, tenure, tetanus, hypotenuse, pertinacious, detente, countenance, distend, extenuate, and tenable. Earliest documented use: 1839.

Eagles on the Ice

Thanks for the phone call, Yvonne! We got there just before they left, 3 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2015.

St. Patrick's Day Games

February 14, 2015

View video of the games

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 15, 2015

It's true, there's no place like home. Having the girls and their significant others here, the critters back from Andy's Boarding, my OWN coffee this morning, taking the kids and my mom out for dinner last night, and all those simple pleasures that mean home. The only thing that could have made it better was if Mike, Jessica, and the girls had been here. Anyhow, it's a bit cloudy outside this morning, it's 30 and feels like 27, wind is from the west with gusts up to 17 mph, humidity is at 87%, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. For those of you traveling back to the USA, safe travels! It was great to see you and we'd like you back next year, so take care on that drive home. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s. Light winds becoming southwest at 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

On this date of March 15, 1937 - In Chicago, IL, the first blood bank to preserve blood for transfusion by refrigeration was established at the Cook County Hospital.

Did you know that greyhounds can reach speeds of up to 42 mph?

Word of the day: hangover (hang-oh-ver) which means 1. the disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness, such as a headache or stomach disorder, usually felt several hours after cessation of drinking. 2. something remaining behind from a former period or state of affairs. 1890-95, Americanism.

Fourteen Years of Existence for BIEMS—We Need Advanced Life Support!

by Joe Moore

The first call in January of 1999 was another one of those situations that we had encountered which proved once and for all that rural areas need advanced life support.  There had been many calls in the last fourteen years that turned out well because our health center provider had been available to help and provide the advanced care for the patient.  This was not always true, and those patients without the advanced care were not always positive outcomes.  The lack of advanced care did not always have any bearing in the survivability of the patient.  The real problem with lack of advanced care came from the EMS crew themselves.  We knew what we could do to help our patients IF advanced care was available, but more importantly, we knew what we could NOT do if advanced care was NOT available.  This year was the turning point in the history of Beaver Island EMS because we would do anything necessary to move from a basic ambulance service to an advanced level of care ambulance.  We would beg, borrow, and/or steal if necessary to get this job done.  But first, here are some of the reasons why we felt that way.

Our chronically ill 48 year old female who lived down at Fox Lake had called dispatch for help on this cold January morning at 10 a.m.  The roads were snow covered, but it was daylight, and going slowly down the West Side Road was the only way we were going to get there safely.  She had shortness of breath this morning which was brought on by “the cold that I have had since yesterday.”  She was unable to get up and go to the bathroom.  She could not walk more than two or three feet.  She had a loose, congested, but unproductive cough.  She had a history of an enlarged heart, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Yet she continued to smoke cigarettes.  She had diminished breath sounds with wheezes in both lungs with possibly absent breath sounds in the base of her left lung.  We had no provider available to be able to help this patient with some advanced care.  We first put her on a nasal cannula because she was afraid of having “too much oxygen” which might cause her to “stop breathing.”  Her oximeter reading was 85% on this low level of oxygen.  Her vitals were pulse 120 and regular, respirations 32, and blood pressure 148/90.  We changed the oxygen over to a non-rebreather mask at 12 liters per minute, and her vital signs improved with pulse down to 100, respirations down to 24, and a 97% oximeter reading.  This was all the treatment we could provide in our basic ambulance.  We transported her to the local airport and flew with her over to Charlevoix.  The total time from page to turning the patient over to the Charlevoix crew was one hour and forty minutes due to the snow on the roadway.

In February one of my family’s closest friends, a church member who had invited us for dinner many times, was going out to her car on the cold and icy evening about 6 p.m. This 63 year old woman had fallen on the ice in her driveway and managed to drag herself into her house to call 911.  She was found on the floor just inside the entryway to her house by the phone.  She had left upper leg and hip pain and pain in her left arm near her elbow.  She was able to move her elbow and had used that arm to prop herself up to be able to get to the phone and dial 911.  She had a history of hip replacement three years ago.  She had no allergies to drugs, but every pain medication made her nauseous and made her “blood pressure fluctuate.”  Her left leg was rotated externally and somewhat shortened as related to the other leg.  She had pulses in all extremities.  We splinted her legs together using a pillow in between and plenty of triangle bandages. (Do you get the idea that I really like triangle bandages?)  We placed her on a backboard for extra splinting and for ease of movement.  The patient was a widow with no family on the island anymore.  Patient was not willing to have any IV pain medication even though it was available.  We contacted the local airline, and they could not fly due to the snow and the blowing wind.  Visibility was not good.  We had to contact the USCG Air Station in Traverse City to see about getting a helicopter to transport our patient.  The USCG was not comfortable with the patient having an IV to monitor since their swimmer that night was only trained to the level of a first responder.  The medical control physician would have allowed our RN/EMT to give 60 mg of Toradol (liquid motrin), but our patient refused the intramuscular injection because she was afraid of vomiting.  She would take a “couple of Tylenol”, so we got permission from medical control for that.  Her vital signs remained fairly stable with a normal increase in pulse and blood pressure when we moved her.  Almost two hours after dispatch, we left the scene enroute to the township airport.  The helicopter had been delayed for a short time due to weather.  The helicopter did not need much in the way of a runway, thank goodness.  The airport runways were drifting badly with snow in the blowing wind.  The tarmac next to the terminal building was clear so the helicopter set down right close by the building.  We had the patient moved from the ambulance cot to a folding stretcher that would fit inside the helicopter.  We were ready to move right after the report was given.  The BIEMS crew braved the howling wind and carried the patient out to the chopper and loaded her in.  They took off from the Beaver Island Township Airport with her destination in question.  The snow storm might make it impossible to land in Charlevoix, so we could not notify her children of where she was be transported for about fifteen minutes when we heard the helicopter on the radio stating that they were able to land in Charlevoix and were, at that moment, landing.

We were dispatched to unknown medical situation after ten o’clock at night for a 32 year old female.  While we were enroute to the ambulance barn to get the rig, someone called in and asked the dispatcher for more information.  The dispatcher called back and radioed us, “They thought that the victim was sleeping, but now there is no pulse, and they are attempting to perform CPR.”  Upon arrival we observed a white female lying on her back on the bedroom floor next to the bed.  Her right arm was across her chest.  Obvious rigidity was present with her skin cold and red on the top surface.  Her eyes were open, and teeth clenched.  There was no pulse felt at the carotid artery, and there was no movement of her chest.  The patient had no life signs whatsoever.  Before any further treatment was attempted, contact was made with the medical control physician at Charlevoix Hospital.  Upon physician order, another assessment was conducted with the same result, and the patient was pronounced dead.  The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Deputy was on the scene, and he made contact with the Deputy Medical Examiner who concurred with the decision to not attempt life support measures.

BIEMS had the solemn duty now to gently load our friend and our neighbor, and for me a fellow musician, into a body bag, and remove her from the house to be placed at a location for safe-keeping until the morning when her body could be flown off the island, and prepared for burial.  This is another one of those services that BIEMS performs because someone has to do it. She was transported to the medical center and placed in the specific location for this purpose until the next morning when we again solemnly loaded her into the ambulance and took her to the airport.  This friend and musician had a history of alcohol abuse.  We could only guess at what was her cross to bear.  She was the best vocalist I have ever met, one who could sing equally well in classic rock, old time country music, classic opera, and heavy metal rock.  She was friendly to other musicians, and an excellent companion for her male friend to whom she was dedicated.  We were going to miss her for many reasons.  Sometimes this job just isn’t any fun at all.

In June, we were called to a 52 year teacher’s residence at just after noon.  He had fallen from a ladder, which was about eight feet high, onto a cement pad.  He was complaining of right hip pain, but he denied any loss of consciousness.  His skin was pink, warm, and dry, and he was alert and oriented with reactive pupils.  He denied any back, head, or neck pain, but the mechanism of injury suggested possible injury so he was log rolled onto the backboard.  His vital signs were heart rate of 90 and regular, respirations of 14, and blood pressure of 170/120, quite a high blood pressure.  We used a pillow splint to keep the legs from moving as well as the backboard.  He had a history of hip replacement on the affected side.  We used full spinal immobilization to get him ready for transport.  Immediately upon placement and immobilization on the backboard his hip pain diminished.  He had pulses, movement, and sensation in all his extremities, including the injured one.  The patient was at the local airport within 30 minutes and ready to be flown to the hospital using the local airline.  Even teachers are not exempt from accidents and the need to be transported in an emergency.

This June was a busy one.  This was when we first discovered that more than one emergency can happen on the same day.  There were to be lots of days like that during this year.  We were paged to a 74 year old woman, a wonderful lady member of the same church that we attended.  She believed she might be having an allergic reaction to the new medication that she was on.  She had been seen at the medical center earlier in the week for swelling of her feet and high blood pressure.  The medication she was concerned about was one to help with both conditions.  She had taken one about 45 minutes prior to calling EMS.  This medication, she believed, had caused her to have chills that caused her to shake and her asthma flared up.  Her husband stated that she had a similar reaction to a “water pill” about twenty-five years before.  EMS found the patient wrapped in blankets in her bed shaking.  Expiratory wheezing was heard especially in the right lower lobe of her lung.  She had a persistent, but unproductive cough, and pedal edema, the swelling of her feet was present.  Her oximeter reading was 86% on room air, and her temperature was 102 taken in her armpit.  Medical control was contacted, and an IV ordered.  She was placed on oxygen by non-rebreather mask, and helped to the ambulance cot.  She was loaded into the ambulance, and she was transported to the local airport for a local airline charter to the mainland accompanied by two BIEMS EMTs.

In July, a patient who lives way down at the southern end of Beaver Island called 911 because of abdominal pain.  She was a 54 year old female with a prior history of removal of her uterus and her appendix, so we could rule out both of those.  The patient was laying on her couch moaning.  She had pain in her back radiating around toward her left lower abdomen in the pelvic area. We started the patient on low flow oxygen.  An IV was started after vital signs obtained.  Vitals were pulse of 60, respirations of 24, and blood pressure of 172/100.  The patient’s skin was pink, warm, but moist.  Her respirations decreased with the oxygen administration of 4 liters per minute by nasal cannula.  We loaded the patient carefully onto the ambulance cot and placed the cot into the ambulance.  There was no change in the patient’s condition during transport of the flight over to Charlevoix.  Patient was still very uncomfortable upon arrival at the hospital.  She could find no position of comfort.  This was our first ambulance run with our new paramedic instructors, Sam and Laura.  We were on our way to becoming an advanced life support agency.  We discussed that this lady probably had a kidney stone that was causing her serious pain.  If we had been an advanced life support agency, we would probably given her some medication to ease the pain after calling medical control and getting an order.  We would be able to do this kind of treatment in about one more year of class, and completion of paperwork for licensing at the advanced life support level.  Every run from here on became a run where we wished we had that advanced level of licensure already.  We now knew what we could have done, but couldn’t do it until people were licensed as paramedics and until the agency was licensed to provide the advanced level of care that we wanted to provide.  There was so much more to learn in the paramedic class, but so much we wanted to do for our patients.  The true motive for going to school for 18 months, every other weekend, was to be able to provide the care that our patients needed, and the care we could not provide, without the advanced life support ambulance.

This was also the year in which we helped our chronic EMS patients the most.  Our asthma patient was transported many times with difficulty breathing episodes.  Several times we would enter the house to help her and note the smell of cigarettes.  There were two asthma patients living in that home.  Both of them should have quit smoking.  No one in that home should be smoking while oxygen is being used in the home.  Unfortunately, neither of the asthma patients or any others living in the home could or would quit smoking.  Whether the trigger for the asthma attack was a house full of smoke or a house full of stress or a house full of illness, the BIEMS ambulance crew made many trips down the island to to help this very ill, very young lady.  In her middle 30’s, it was very sad to see her so ill so often.  BIEMS tried to act like a social worker.  We tried to get her to move into town closer to the medical center so that her treatment could be more frequent and less emergent.  We tried to get the others in the house to go outside to smoke.  It is close to impossible, when you are a smoker, to not want a cigarette when someone else is smoking.  Smoking is a very social habit as well.  When someone else lights up, you have a tendency to reach for a cigarette also.  Both our asthma patients in this house continued to smoke feeding the damage to their lungs.

Our other chronic EMS patient still had not gotten her diabetes under control.  Most of the time, BIEMS could predict the events leading up to her state of insulin shock.  Insulin shock is when the blood stream does not carry enough sugar to the brain.  Since the brain basically needs two things to survive which are oxygen and sugar, having too little sugar available to feed the brain is not a good condition to be in.  Our chronic diabetic would take her insulin by injection in the morning and then go about her typical day.  The day would consist of a lot of outdoor work including energy burning work.  This kind of work burns up the sugar quite quickly.  With enough insulin in the body to help the body use up the sugar, pretty soon the sugar stores are quite empty.  This happened at almost the same time every day with this patient.  Just a little before noon, her sugar levels in her blood would drop to a point that even with a glucometer, a device to measure sugar levels, the reading would not register a number.  It would just read “low”.  This patient needed to eat lunch a little before noon to allow her body to build the sugar level back up to acceptable levels for her brain.  If she did not eat lunch on time, her sugar levels would drop, and we would find her in some interesting places. 

One of those places was simply sitting in her rocking chair by her computer.  We might get a phone call from a bystander who just happened to stop by and find her sitting in the chair unresponsive.  If no one found her, she might slide out of the chair and onto the floor completely unconscious with airway problems besides the sugar problem.  We once found her outside slumped over a picnic table or back further on her property unresponsive in the garden.  This patient was also interestingly abusive and combative while her sugar level was low.  If the insulin shock time period was only about one hour to one and one-half hours, the patient would be alert enough to shout obscenities at anyone coming in the door to help her.  Between one and one-half and two and one-half hours in insulin shock, the patient would be very combative, and we would have to restrain her in order to get an IV started and use the medical sugar called D50 injected into her veins to help her out.  If the insulin shock time period was greater than two and one-half hours, we usually found this patient completely unresponsive with airway problems caused by her own mucous.  At this point she also usually had her teeth clenched, and we were able to help her only by giving him medical sugar D50 through the IV.  Most of the time, the patient would wake back up within a couple of minutes after administration of the D50.  She would be angry at herself, angry with her significant other, or angry with us for being in her house.  We all knew that this was not the person that we came to help.  There is no one who wants to be ill or injured.  Her sugar level in her blood determined her response to our treatment.  We all knew that.

We had requested and had received permission for some special protocols to be able to provide this advanced treatment to certain patients on the island.  We had worked to get an Epi-pen protocol to help adults and children with serious allergic reactions.  We had worked to get a D50 protocol to allow us to take care of insulin shock patients.  We had worked to get the Automatic External Defibrillator protocol to allow us to help our cardiac arrest patients.  All of these protocols required us to have special training sessions at least every six months.  BIEMS tried to offer this training every four months to keep the information fresh in our minds.  We had done all this for the simple reason that we wanted to help our Beaver Island friends, neighbors, and visitors with the advanced skills that were most likely to occur and with the care that could make a difference in whether a patient lived or died.  We had pushed the envelope of patient care beyond the level that was generally accepted in the State of Michigan.  Rural EMS needs to continue to do this.  Rural EMS needs to get the patient care to the patient.  The only way to accomplish this, without a complete paramedic course and upgrade to advance life support, is to document the numbers of patients who are having a specific condition.  Once documented, you can then begin to approach your medical director with the requested treatment.  Of course, some one will have to design the training program that allows this to move forward.  Then you have to want this special protocol, push for this special protocol, and document the special protocol once you have it in place.  This is how most of the things mentioned above have become common practice in areas without advanced life support in Michigan.

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center

Back by popular demand, this seminar will introduce attendees to estate planning and its goals; wills; living trusts; probate court administration of decedents' estates; techniques used to avoid probate; using powers of attorney to plan for disability;  writing a letter of instruction to survivors; and how to get started with preparing an estate plan.
Theodore E. Hughes, Michigan Assistant Attorney General for Law (Retired), is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law and has practiced in the area of estate planning,  a subject which he has taught at the Thomas Cooley Law School and the MSU Evening College.
Mr. Hughes has co-authored eight nationally-published books on estate planning and settlement. For 25 years he appeared as the guest estate planning attorney on WKAR radio's "Newstalk."
The Community Center and the Friends of the Library are co-sponsoring this event.  Are you a parent of young children who would like to have a babysitter available during the presentation? Please call Audrey with Friends of the Library at 231 448-2280 to let us know.  If there is any demand for this, we will provide it.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 14, 2015

Right now on the island it's 36 with a wind chill of 28, wind is from the WNW at 10 mph and gusting to 16 mph, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Cloudy with a chance of drizzle. Highs in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of March 14, 1914 - Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes.

Did you know that flamingoes can live up to 80 years?

Word of the day: nexus (nek-suh s) which means 1. a means of connection; tie; link. 2. a connected series or group. From the 17th century from the Latin: a binding together, from nectere to bind.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 13, 2015

It's 36 outside this morning, wind is from the south with gusts up to 17 mph, humidity is at 53%, pressure is at 30.24. It's beginning to feel like spring. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. South winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds at 10 mph shifting to the west with gusts to around 25 mph after midnight.

On this date of March 13, 2012 - After 244 years of publication, Encyclopædia Britannica announced it would discontinue its print edition.

Did you know that Australia has the largest sheep population?

Word of the day: doggerel (DO-guhr-uhl, DOG-uhr-) which means 1. Comic verse that is irregular in rhythm and in rhyme especially for burlesque or comic effect. 2. Trivial or bad poetry. Dogs have a bad rap in the language and the word doggerel reflects that view. The word is apparently a diminutive of the word dog. Earliest documented use: 1405.

Beaver Island Community Message Board

In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce decided to start an internet Beaver Island Community Message Board. The group plans to have the board operational before the end of March. Anyone in the community will be able to post a wide variety of information.

“Our goal is to provide the Beaver Island community with an opportunity to send and receive information about Beaver Island in a positive internet environment,” said Chamber President Rachel Teague.

The Guiding Principles for “The Board,” as Chamber directors hope it will be nick named are shown below. More information will follow soon. 

Our Guiding Principles

March 2015 

Our goal is a kind, considerate, constructive and informative message board.

The Beaver Island Community Message Board (The Board) is provided as a place for everyone to use to communicate events like births, fun events, deaths, a special sale or price, opportunities to serve, open houses, opportunities to join, meetings and much more. The board is a place for civil informative communication about the Island so many of us love – Beaver Island, MI.

The board is not a place for political discussion at the local, state, national or international level. It is not a place for rumors, to criticize, reprimand or accuse.

Your must register with your actual first and last name, email address and phone number. The email address and phone will not be public. You may choose to include them in your posts.

Posts outside our guiding principals will be deleted - three strikes and you’re out. The World Wide Web is huge. There is room for just about any post somewhere. Some posts and contributors may not fit here.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 12, 2015

I'd like to take the bed here home with me....best sleep ever! Sure feels like spring is trying to make an appearance. Back on the island, it's 26, wind is at 5 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 1035, and visibility is 8.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Southeast winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of March 12, 1789 - The U.S. Post Office was established.

Did you know that the only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica?

Word of the day: limerick (LIM-uhr-ik) which means a humorous, often risque, verse of three long (A) and two short (B) lines with the rhyme scheme AABBA. After Limerick, a county in Ireland. The origin of the name of the verse is said to be from the refrain “Will you come up to Limerick?” sung after each set of extemporized verses popular at gatherings. Earliest documented use: 1896.

Stoney Acres St. Pat's Dinner

St. Pats Weekend!
Stoney Acre Grill & Donegal Danny's Pub!

Fantastic Corned Beef and Cabbage!

The Grill's Corned Beef and Cabbage
Irish Lamb Stew
House Corned Beef Reubens and Stacked Sandwiches
Yellow Lake Perch
And the Whole Bloody Menu as Well!

What a wonderful family dinner at Stoney Acres! Music, good company, good food; what more could you ask?

Some wonderful pumpkin pie for desert is the answer.

Sunday Bloody Mary Bar. Free Dogs (to a good home)
Pizza in the eve and, as always, bad decisions

Donegal Danny's Pub! The next best thing to Ireland!

This Winter's Ice Classic

Lots of ice in the harbor this year. The tower is closer to the shore and that is usually the first part to melt but then who knows.   Tickets at the Community Center and McDonough's and if you are off island and want to participate in the contest send an e-mail to Iceclassic@tds.net  and we'll get back to you on how to get tickets.

The winner gets 1/2 of the amount and the remainder goes to support your Community Center.

Neighbors and Friends Have Emergencies, Too

by Joe Moore

The local airline’s owners are not exempt from emergencies, either.  They have just the same luck of the draw as the rest of my friends and neighbors.  I once had a teacher of EMS classes that made the statement that stuck with me through the years.  Even though there seems to be the perception that local EMS groups are the “bastard son of the fire department.”  We seem to be the ones that are always begging for funding while the fire department gets funding above and beyond.  In the last two or three years, BIEMS ambulance are beginning to show their age, but the fire department just purchased two brand new fire trucks called pumpers, and they have a new tanker on the way which should make it to the Island before the ferry boat stops running for the year.  Back to my teacher’s statement, “When the people in your community make derogatory comments about EMS, you can use my come-back.  Here it is.  “One of these days, I will have you in the back of MY ambulance.  We’ll see what is important to you on that day.”  It does seem to work, and even if it doesn’t work to make the other person think, it makes me feel better. 

My wife and I had a friend whose father’s name was Harvey.  We got paged to his residence for an 83 year old man who was complaining of shortness of breath for 4 or 5 days.  He couldn’t do anything including getting up to go to the bathroom without being out of breath right away.  He had walked into the medical center with great difficulty to see the nurse practitioner.  He was alert and oriented, and his pupils were equal and reactive to light.  He had a very low blood pressure of 64/46, a pulse of 68 which was irregular, and respirations of 22.  His pulse oximeter reading was 93 on room air.  His skin was pale, but warm and dry.  We applied a non-rebreather mask with 100% oxygen, and his oximeter reading went up to 98%.  His lungs were clear, and he had no chest pain, but his chief complaint was difficulty breathing.  He had no history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  We had no idea what his medical problems were, but we started an IV, loaded him onto the cot, into the ambulance, and transported him to the local airport for transport to the mainland hospital.  He arrived at Charlevoix Hospital in much the same condition that he presented to EMS.

Even though there was no miracle diagnosis made by EMS, this ambulance run was one of the most important for our local EMS.  It demonstrated to all of us, experienced and green EMTs alike, that we don’t always have the answers for helping the patient, but we have the right method of getting the patient to the right place to hopefully find the right treatment to resolve the emergency that our patient is experiencing.  These emergencies can happen to anyone at any time with no prior notice.  On this ambulance run were three firefighter Medical First Responders, one green EMT who had just graduated from class and become licensed, and three experience EMTs. Was this way too many people to be at the patient’s home?  Did all these people get in the way?  The answers to these questions are always NO in the rural EMS area of function.  If each rural EMS person were to only respond when (s)he was the primary and secondary person at the emergency,(s)he may only respond to five or six emergencies within a years time.  Rural EMS is not as busy as urban EMS.  We don’t have 10 responses in a twelve hour shift.  We might only have ten responses spread over two months in the winter season.  It is also possible to have two emergencies occurring at the same time on the same day during the winter season after not having a single run for the last 30 plus days.  Our skills must still be sharp.  We still need to know how to operate all of the equipment.  We still need to be able to provide excellent patient care.  So, even if ten people show up at an emergency scene, they are all welcome to observe.  If ten of your friends and neighbors showed up when you were having a problem, wouldn’t you be glad to know you had that many people concerned about you and your problem?  I know I would be delighted to have these caring, willing participants come to help me out.  Another reason to have as many people as possible arrive on the scene is that you never know when you will need that many people.  An example that sticks out in my mind is a run down the island to the Lake Generserath area for a lady with difficulty breathing.  The primary roads were plowed, but secondary roads were not plowed yet.  We managed to get to the residence without too much difficulty, but the snow was not shoveled from the unplowed road to the house.  While two or three were shoveling the area for loading the patient and the walkway, the others were in the house taking care of the patient.  It’s always handy to have a few extra hands to help make the situation easier for all concerned.

My friend two miles down on the Kings Highway was having problems on this early June morning.  I was awakened by a page at 4:30 a.m. for a 51 year old male with rectal hemmorage.  He had been having small amounts of blood passed, “spotting” since 9:30 p.m. last night, but at 4 a.m. there appeared to be about “two cups of blood” in the bedpan according to his wife.  The patient has a history of difficulty breathing and was on continuous oxygen at home at 3 liters per minute.  The difficulty breathing was “caused by the drug used to treat him in Arizona,” according to his wife.  The patient’s vital signs were pulse of 50 and irregular, respirations of 40, and a blood pressure of 94/62.  These were not normal, but we didn’t know what this patient’s normal vital signs were.  We removed the patient from his home oxygen and started the patient on oxygen by non-rebreather mask at 100%, and his vital signs improved somewhat to blood pressure of 102/60 and respirations of 30 with an oxygen saturation level of 95% on the oxygen which continued to vary between 85-95% possible indicating a varying amount of peripheral circulation in his hands.  We placed a blue pad under the patient on the ambulance cot and also placed a 5 inch by 9 inch dressing in the location to help absorb any further bleeding.  We put the patient in his position of comfort, which was at a 45 degree angle for his back so he was semi-sitting up for ease in breathing.  We carefully loaded the patient into the back of the ambulance and began transport to the local airport.  Forty minutes after the initial response, the aircraft took off with the patient, his wife, and two EMTs aboard for the trip to Charlevoix Airport where all accompanied the patient to the emergency room.  The BIEMS EMTs gave report and turned the patient over to the ER staff.  After hugs and kisses on the cheeks, the BIEMS EMTs returned to the Charlevoix Airport by taxi ride in the Charlevoix EMS ambulance. The crew was very understanding and patient with us as we didn’t want to leave our friend and neighbor there in the ER even though that is where he needed to be.  We went back to the island, and we quietly cleaned up the ambulance, restocked, and prepared for our next patient.

Another neighbor down the East Side called for help the very next morning at 1 a.m.  He was a 65 year old male with abdominal pain that had started the previous evening about 6 p.m.  The pain progressively worsened until it was unbearable by midnight and finally by 1 a.m. called for help.  His last meal was dinner on the previous day of chicken with pasta and carrots.  The pain was going in “waves”, it was coming and going, and was in the upper abcominal area.  He was taking medication for high blood pressure and was using insulin as a diabetic.  His vital signs were pulse of 80, respirations of 16, but faster when the pain hit, slower when the pain subsided, blood pressure of 148/98.  We placed the patient on oxygen at 2 liters per minute by nasal cannula because his oximeter reading was 98 on room air.  We started an IV with normal saline to keep a vein open.  When we inserted the IV catheter, we also drew blood tubes for lab so that he would not need to get poked with another needle immediately in the hospital.  We placed the patient on his side on the ambulance cot and transported him to the hospital by normal means using the local airport.  Total time from response to flight off was 40 minutes.  Again, this response brought out nine responders at one o’clock in the morning.  Nine people got out of bed to help this neighbor and friend.  They were not all needed, but no one got in the way.  No one made jokes about the patient.   Every one of the responders was there because of the concern for the health of the patient.  When we got back to the island, we did not have to do any cleaning or stocking because that work was all done for us.  We got back to the island, after turning the patient over to the Charlevoix EMS crew, on the return flight, and we were even able to get back in bed and sleep a few hours before having to get up to start the new day. 

Beaver Island’s own doctor Bill was the physician who had retired here on Beaver Island.  He was on the medical center board.  He was the one who, after being retired for many years, was available when our PA had been off getting educated.  He was also the one who helped out when our PA had been shipped off to duty in the National Guard for the first problems in Iraq during Desert Storm.  It was Doctor Bill’s turn to need the services of our local EMS.  We were paged to his home about 8:30 a.m.  He was a 68 year old male patient who was a large man, very tall and very heavy.  The night before, around 11:30 p.m., he had started to have some chest pain.  He had self-medicated with nitroglycerin which had provided no relief.  He had tried antacid with no relief.  He had taken some Tylenol with codeine with no relief.  His chest pain was over his left chest, “and I’m probably having a heart attack.  My pain level is about an 8 on the scale of 10.”  His vital signs were pulse of 64 and regular, respirations of 22, and blood pressure of 210/100 with pale, but warm and dry skin.  He was completely alert with reactive pupils.  We started an IV in his right arm, and the nurse practitioner (his neighbor) had brought over the drug bag from her house, authorized morphine with a dose of 3 mg.  We started the oxygen by nasal canula at 4 liters per minute, and then gave the morphine.  His pain level went down to a three on the ten scale with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain ever felt by the patient.  The patient was helped onto the ambulance cot with the “stand, turn, and sit” procedure used so often in EMS.  The doctor was taken by our normal local airlines to Charlevoix.   We again did not turn the patient over to Charlevoix EMS crew because we wanted to accompany our patient and friend to the hospital.  When we arrived, Doctor Bill allowed us to give our report.  “Good job on the report, but I’d like to mention a few more things,” Doctor Bill stated calmly, and he continued talking to the doctor in the ER as we gathered our things, checked with his wife to see if there was anything we could do to help her, and loaded our equipment back into the Charlevoix ambulance for our return flight to the island.  We had to wait until almost noon to get back to the island on this July day because the flights to and from the island were full with tourists and returning islanders who wanted to be on the island for the Fourth of July celebrations.  We finally got back to the island, and again, it was nice to have all the work except the electrical paperwork completed.

In September, one of our firefighter medical first responder’s father was having a problem at 4:30 a.m.  We responded to the northwest beach area of the island to a 70 year old male patient who had been awakened by the dog at 3 a.m. and could not get back to sleep due to the pain in his chest.  After getting out of bed, he became “lightheaded”.  He had a history of a “mild heart attack” about one week ago, and he was on new medication.  He was by himself at the island residence because his wife was presently in the hospital.  EMS found the patient lying on the couch under two blankets.  He was alert and oriented, denied any shortness of breath, and had an oximeter reading of 97% on room air.  He denied having chest pain currently on our arrival, stating that it happened earlier before our arrival.  We transported this patient to the medical center taking vital signs enroute.  Pulse was 64 and regular, respirations were 16, and blood pressure was 158/72.  Medical control was contacted by phone, and the decision was made jointly by the nurse practitioner and our medical control director, who was on duty, to not transport the patient to the hospital.  This was one of the hardest things for us since we had had developed the most efficient method of transporting a patient to the hospital.  For our medical director to not make use of this service was really foreign to us.  BIEMS learned that some emergency patients do not need to be transported.  Some can be diagnosed and treated right here on Beaver Island without taking them to the mainland.

Since that day, we’ve become an advanced life support EMS service here on Beaver Island, and have been for fourteen years.  Having had the experience of having a patient treated and released is not foreign to us now.  We’ve had plenty of experience of working together to provide the emergent care that our patients have needed.  Take the patient that needed to go to the hospital, but refused to be transported.  On the mainland, the EMS providers would do one of two things; either get a signed release from liability or get a law enforcement person to take the patient into custody.  While we have done both over the years, this patient wasn’t consenting to the air transport portion of the process of getting the patient to the hospital.  He has serious symptoms but he refused to fly in a licensed air transport vehicle, no matter who operated it.  He had heart attack symptoms of chest pain radiating to the shoulder.  He didn’t refuse the treatments which were provided, but he would not consent to the emergency air transport.  Without going into the details of why, the how we got him to go to the hospital is easy.  We made arrangements for him to fly over on a regular air taxi flight, but had an ambulance waiting for him on the mainland to take him to the hospital.

Another patient refused to be transported recently.  The patient had had stroke symptoms on one of the outer islands.  He had managed to have a friend make a cell phone call to 911, but then his “friend” left him to go back to their camp on the west side of the island.   Some wonderful citizens had a very fast boat that got us over to the outer island named High Island.  There was no information about the location, except somewhere along the East or North sides of the island.  This very fast boat took a paramedic and a basic EMT along with the boat captain and his friend.  We got there in the shortest time I’ve ever had for a trip to High Island.  We searched the entire east side of the island looking with binoculars along the shoreline, and then we turned around and headed back north  We went into the little indentation in the shoreline, and someone yelled, “I smell smoke.”

We got in a little closer and the captain said, “There!  There’s the smoke.  We’ll beach the boat and get in there to find him.”  Getting right up to the sandy shore proved easy enough putting the bow on the shore.  The older paramedic took a little time to get down off the boat after climbing up onto the front deck and sliding down the front side of the boat.  The younger EMT by a few years had no problems at all and took off toward the smell and sight of the smoke.  We found our kayaker patient down around the point on the north side of the northeast point about forty yards to the west.  He had been very wet, and he was very cold.  He was slurring his speech.  We built up the fire and brought blankets to help him warm up.  We dried his socks and shoes by placing them near the fire.  We had him take off his pants and shirt, and we propped them using branches by the fire to get them dried.  The patient was hypothermic.

It was going to be dusk in about an hour, but we needed to get this man dry and warm.  When his clothes were dry, we helped him get dressed and wrapped him in blankets and walked him to the boat.  He was a little unsteady on his feet, so we walked alongside and helped him get there.  The captain’s father had showed up with a smaller boat, so the kayak and the camping gear went into that boat that would take a little longer to get back to Beaver Island.  We completely covered him from head to toe with blankets making sure that he would be out of the cool breeze as the sun was beginning to set. The patient was helped up into the boat and was placed on the deck.  We took two hot packs from our jump kit and wrapped them in gauze.  We called on the radio and requested the medical center provider to meet us at the medical center.  We asked for more help to meet us at the dock.

In less than a half hour we were passing the Whiskey Point Light and entering Paradise Bay, the harbor on the north end of Beaver Island.  It was dusk.  The ambulance met us at the St. James Marine dock.  We walked the hobbling patient to the cot, loaded him onto the cot, covered him with dry blankets, and headed to the medical center.  We replaced the hot packs in his armpits, placed two more down by his groin, and put one on each side of his neck.  A complete patient assessment had been done on this short trip to the medical center, the medical center provider had been contacted on the way in the harbor, so we were met at the back door.  We wheeled the patient into the exam room, and immediately replaced the cold damp blankets with warmed blankets that the extra EMTs and MFRs had placed in the dryer. We kept replacing the blankets as they cooled with more warm blankets. 

The patient has slurred speech, had walked like he had lost coordination, and would not consent to air transport to the mainland.  He refused to leave his kayak and his camping gear on the island.  No amount of talking could convince him to go to the hospital.  After getting a refusal of transport form signed, all the while telling the patient that he could call 911 again if he needed us.  The EMS people hung around until the patient’s body temperature was close to normal.  His vital signs became normal also.  The patient needed a warm place to spend the night, so motel room arrangements were made.  I transported him to the motel after being released from the medical center.  I also agreed to pick him up in the morning after arranging for his stuff to get down to the boat dock.  He still had the same symptoms when I picked him up in the morning including the lack of coordination and the slurring of speech.  I had him call someone to meet him on the other side of the water in Charlevoix to help him with his equipment.  He handed me the phone, and I told the person on the other end of the phone to make sure he got to a doctor or to the ER for evaluation.  That’s the best our EMS could do.  We’ll all wonder how this man turned out with his symptoms.  Did they ever improve?  Or, was he destined to have this condition for the rest of his life?

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 11, 2015

Clear this morning, with Orion marching across the black sky towards the west. Right now it's 28 with a windchill of 22, wind is at 8 mph from the west, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 1019 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 40. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of March 11, 1986 - Popsicle announced its plan to end the traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model.

Did you know that flamingoes can live up to 80 years?

Word of the day: cento (SEN-to) which means a literary work, especially a poem, composed of parts taken from works of other authors. From Latin cento (patchwork). Earliest documented use: 1605.

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

BICS End of School Year Calendar

Special Library Board Meeting

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 10, 2015

We'll be off island beginning tomorrow morning for a few days however, this time I am taking my laptop and can do the weather from Traverse City. It's truly beginning to feel like spring this week... warmer temperatures, muddy, sloppy roads, and folks beginning to crack a few smiles after all the frigid cold weather. Right now it's 35 with a wind chill of 25, wind is at 15 mph from the southwest with gusts up to 30 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny with highs in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Chance of sprinkles in the evening. Lows in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.

On this date of March 10, 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the telephone. He spoke the words "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."

Did you know that sharks can sense a drop of blood from 4km (2.5miles) away?

Word of the day: epigram (EP-i-gram) which means a short witty saying, often in verse. From Latin epigramma, from Greek epigramma, from epigraphein (to write, inscribe), from epi- (upon, after) + graphein (to write). Other words originating from the same root are graphite, paragraph, program, and topography. Earliest documented use: 1552.

Island Treasures Resale Shop Sale

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 9, 2015

The longer I'm retired the more I'm enjoying sleeping in. The moon is just ducking down behind the tree line. The sunrise is promising another lovely day for us. It's 22 right now with a wind chill of 12 with gusts up to 19 mph, wind is at 10 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny with patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of March 9, 1959 - Mattel introduced Barbie at the annual Toy Fair in New York.

Did you know that bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women?

Word of the day: clerihew (KLER-uh-hyoo) which means a humorous, pseudo-biographical verse of four lines of uneven length, with the rhyming scheme AABB, and the first line containing the name of the subject. After writer Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), who originated it. Earliest documented use: 1928. Here is one of his clerihews:
Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.”



Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 12, 2014

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Peaine Township Meeting

December 10, 2014

Link to video of the meeting

February 11, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

January 7, 2015

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

Friday, January 16, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE


Video of the meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.

The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

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Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Fundraising Dinner for Donna Gillespie

Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub

4-8 pm, March 8, 2015

You still have two hours to get there and help out Donna Gillespie's family.

Salad and deserts.........pasta and ground beef and turkey...........Three sauces

A couple of chefs working in the kitchen

The three options for sauces are: Mushroom and Bell Pepper, Marinara, and Stoney Alfredo.

The restaurant and the pub were packed at 5:30 p.m., but there are still a couple of hours for you to get out there and help out. This is for a very good cause, and the support will be appreciated.

BICS Alumni Basketball Tournament and Chili/Soup Cook-Off

March 6, 2015

What a wonderful gathering of island people! This was the best collection of soups and chilis ever in the Cook-Off history! The support by island residents was amazing! The basketball could be summed up by this quote: "I've never laughed so hard at a basketball game in my life." As the saying goes, "A good time was had by all."

Thirty-nine unique IP addresses watched the event using http://beaverisland.tv.

The Grand Prize Winner is the only chili/soup that has a larger picture attached to it.

Besides the soups and the chili, there were rolls and biscuits as well as cookies and cupcakes. Lots of excellent food was prepared.

Video clip of the soups and chilis


Congratulations to last night's Chili/Soup Cook Off Winners!
1st Place: Brian Antkoviak's VENISON CHILI
2nd Place: Pam Moxham's GAZPACHO
3rd Place: Susan Avery's MUM'S BEST CHILI

People's Choice Award went to Mark Pearson's TEXAS HOT CHILI

Alumni Basketball Game 1 and Halftime

Alumni Basketball Game 2 and Halftime

Alumni Championship Game Cook-off Announcements, and Awards

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

Click HERE to view the ordinance

St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

Special St. James Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

10 a.m., March 4, 2015

The first motion was made by Supervisor Bill Haggard to keep this meeting open to the public and to wave the client/lawyer privilege regarding the topics of this meeting. This motion was passed unanimously by the board members present.

Township Lawyer Graham on the phone.....Lawyer and Auditor on the right

Plenty of interest shown by the audience

Lawyer......Stephen Peacock, CPA........Gary Voogt....

Here is a copy of the document packet that each board member had to refer to during this special meeting. The meeting was regarding the sewer system, the accounting practices of the township, and changes necessary to move forward in finances and accounting in St. James Township. It became apparent that there has been something wrong in the methods of accounting, related to the sewer fund, going back as far a 2002, making thirteen years of errors that need to be corrected.

There was a large quantity of emotional frustration floating around in the background during this meeting. Although accusations were seemingly held at bay in the public meeting, there were insinuations apparent during these two hours of meeting. The video of the entire two hour meeting will be available when processed, and subscribers to Beaver Island News on the 'Net will have access to this video.

All of the discussion led up to two motions made at the end of the meeting that authorized the auditing firm the authority to access, inspect, and go back into the records as necessary to get the township in a position to comply with the State of Michigan requirements for these individual funds, but specifically, the Sewer Fund, using whatever means necessary, including the authority to use law enforcement, if necessary, to get this information.

The second accomplishment in a motion was to have the auditing firm inspect the recommended changes in Quickbooks to make certain that these errors in accounting would not continue. There appeared the hint of resolution in the air, but the emotional frustrations were still present including anger and hurt.

Video available HERE



Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

5th and 6th Grade Play Announced

The 5th & 6th Graders are performing “Hurry up and Wait” by Burton Bumgarner.  It contains 6 separate scenes depicting 6 ways in which we are asked to “Hurry up and Wait!”  The play will be held on Friday, March 20th at 7pm at the BI Community Center.  Tickets will be on sale as of February 1st.  $5.00 each.

This year’s 5th & 6th graders include:  

Jared Robert

Gage Anderson

Emmalee Antkoviak

Raeleigh Brandt

Jessica LaFreniere

Skylar Marsh

Mackenzie Martin

Elisha Richards

All proceeds, from both the play and the Raffle will go toward funding the 5th & 6th Grade trip to Camp Hayowentha as well as the 7th & 8th grade Trip to Washington DC.

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon.  Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm.  Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
12:00 until 4:00

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

Note: There will be a $10.00 fee on any returned (bounced) checks written to Charlevoix County Transit

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

March 21
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders


15:  Pat Nugent
22:  Steve Finch
29 (PalmSunday)-Pastor Bob Whitlock
April 3:  Good Friday service @ 6:30 p.m.
April 5 (Easter)-Pastor Bob Whitlock
April 5: 11:30--Community Easter Brunch--everyone welcome

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!!

  Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center

Back by popular demand, this seminar will introduce attendees to estate planning and its goals; wills; living trusts; probate court administration of decedents' estates; techniques used to avoid probate; using powers of attorney to plan for disability;  writing a letter of instruction to survivors; and how to get started with preparing an estate plan.
Theodore E. Hughes, Michigan Assistant Attorney General for Law (Retired), is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law and has practiced in the area of estate planning,  a subject which he has taught at the Thomas Cooley Law School and the MSU Evening College.
Mr. Hughes has co-authored eight nationally-published books on estate planning and settlement. For 25 years he appeared as the guest estate planning attorney on WKAR radio's "Newstalk."
The Community Center and the Friends of the Library are co-sponsoring this event.  Are you a parent of young children who would like to have a babysitter available during the presentation? Please call Audrey with Friends of the Library at 231 448-2280 to let us know.  If there is any demand for this, we will provide it.

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert field guides. http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Thanks to our generous island sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

From the Beaver Island Association

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert guides.  


Thanks to our generous 2015 sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. 

The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Beaver Island Community Center, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 
The Beaver Island Association 
P.O. Box 390 
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Gail's Walk Scheduled



by Joe Moore

On one February afternoon, BIEMS was paged to a residence down the Kings Highway, which happens to be the road that I live on, well really at the intersection of Kings Highway and Carlisle.  We were paged to a 55 year old male patient complaining of chest pain.  I responded directly from my house to the address down the street.  When I arrived, I got a quick history of the current illness.  The patient has been sick recently with flu, cough, and congestion.  His shortness of breath had started earlier today and has progressively gotten worse.  He did not want his wife to call for help.   He had refused to have her call when this started much earlier in the day.  He has chest pain in the center of his chest that is radiating to his left shoulder and jaw.  He has no history of any previous cardiac problems.  I attempted to get a radial pulse, the one at his wrist, and was unable to feel a pulse there.  I reached up to palpate the carotid pulse in his neck, and could find that beating at 100 beats per minute and slightly irregular.  His skin was pale, cool, and moist, but he was alert and oriented.  He had respirations of 40 breaths per minute.  We had one very sick man here.  The ambulance arrived very quickly while I was getting the history, and a pulse oximeter reading was take revealing a 77 % reading which may or may not have been accurate considering the poor circulation to his arms and legs.  His body was shunting the circulation away from his arms and legs, to maintain the best circulation possible for the heart, lungs kidneys, liver, and brain.  This patient was having a serious cardiac event.

This husband and father, this neighbor was very seriously, gravely ill.  I wanted to help in any way that was possible.  We put the man on the ambulance cot in his position of comfort which appeared to be in the semi-sitting position.  We had 100% oxygen on the patient.  He had a blue coloring around his lips, and his capillary refill in his nailbeds was very much delayed.  We attempted to start an IV, but the circulation deficits made locating a vein very difficult.  We move the patient quickly to the ambulance after making arrangements to fly with the local airlines.  We moved him on the cot into carefully down some very tricky steps on the deck-like porch and down into the ambulance.  We looked very carefully one of us on each hand and arm trying to find a location for an IV.  We tried once to start the IV, but did not have any luck.  We were feeling very inadequate and quite bad at out lack of ability to help this patient.  We arrived at the local airport, loaded the patient into the airplane, and flew with him to Charlevoix Airport.  We loaded him into the Charlevoix EMS ambulance, but we refused to turn him over.  We were going all the way to the hospital with him.  When we arrived in the ER at Charlevoix Hospital, there was a whole crew of people in the ER to help take care of our patient.  We gave a verbal report, and they swarmed over him doing all kinds of things that needed to get done.  They got the IV in the bright lights of the ER, hooked him up to the automatic blood pressure machine, and set up the electrocardiogram.  Bee and I kind of stepped back watching all the activity, but we could not be silent when the ER nurse reported that the patient had a blood pressure of 148/86.  We both, almost in stereo, stated, “That is completely impossible.  He does not have a blood pressure that is palpable.  He has no radial pulse.  The only pulse we could locate was a carotid pulse.”  The ER doctor looked our way and reached out to feel for a radial pulse.  He stated loudly enough so that everyone in the room could hear, “They are absolutely correct.  There is no radial pulse in either arm.  That makes the blood pressure below 80.  We need to set up a dopamine drip STAT.” 

Unfortunately for this patient and his family, the heart attack was serious.  It had probably happened much earlier in the day.  Time is muscle.  His heart muscle had been seriously injured. A lot of heart muscle had been unable to survive the long period of time without oxygen.  It was time for the family to gather at his bedside.  The calls went out to all his children.  Bee and I flew home very dejected.  We know that we did everything we could for this patient and his family.   We had provided the best care we could under the situation.  We will never know what the outcome could have been had the phone call for help been made at the first sign of chest pain in the morning.  We couldn’t make that happen.  It hadn’t happened that way.  There was nothing more that we could do.  It was a very sad day when Bee and I attended that funeral.  We both felt like we had lost the fight for our friend and our neighbor.  This sense of loss is even more difficult for our EMS workers when they have relationships with the patient or the patient’s family.  We all try to talk out the emergency.  We know we did the best job we could do.  We still feel guilty and sad.  Our best could not save him.

It’s a good thing that we have some situations that turn out positive.  It can be a pretty negative field to work in when you are in pre-hospital care.  There are never any calls for anything really good.  People are calling you when they are in serious need of help.  Thank goodness that there are days when the outcome is good, and is good because of what EMS has done to provide services to the patient.  The April morning to be described next is just such a day.  We are paged to a home on Back Street which is three roads back from the harbor.  We all respond quickly.  “BIEMS, respond to …..Back Street for 3 month old who is choking,”  the dispatcher repeats the page three times.  We have people responding from all directions.  One of our medical first responders arrives first.  I am convinced that Brian, our first responder, deserves credit in saving the life of this three month old girl.  He arrived quickly, carefully rolled the child over on his arm, and gave five back blows.  Then he rolled her over and gave five chest thrusts.  The second set of five back blows allowed the child to start breathing.  The ambulance arrived along with several other EMTs and MFRs.  When we arrived, Brian went out the back door.  He had done his job, and he left the rest of the work for us.  The infant of five months of age kept going back and forth from able to breathe to unable to breathe.  The child vomited twice.  We suctioned, and then the baby would stop breathing again.  There was yellow mucus with a red tinge every time we suctioned.  We considered the possibility of epiglottitis, a swollen or enflamed projection of the internal airway just above the opening to the trachea or windpipe.  The FNP, Page, arrived and listened to lung sounds.  When the child was breathing, the lung sounds were clear.  We provided oxygen by mask that we held near the baby’s mouth.  We loaded the baby in her mom’s arms into the back of the ambulance and began to transport to the local airport.  The baby started choking again.  This time we took the child from the mother and did the choking baby protocol again.  The back blows again opened the airway, and the child started breathing again.  At the airport, the child began to calm.  The baby, mom, and two EMTs boarded the aircraft to fly to Charlevoix.  Before take off, I was sent back to the ambulance to get the suction unit.  There on the floor of the ambulance was a 1 inch by ¼ inch spring covered by mucus.  I picked it up, wrapped it up, and handed it into the airplane with the portable suction machine.  “I found this on the floor of the rig “ I reported to the flying EMTs.  “It could have fallen out of the baby’s blanket,” was the response from mom.  I have my belief.  I believe that the choking baby protocol followed in the back of the ambulance dislodged the spring completely from the baby’s throat, which allowed her to calm down.  I also believe that the spring had been loosened by Brian to begin with.  It explains why the baby went through the choking episodes several times.  It explains why there way no episode of choking on the airplane.  It explains why the ER could find nothing more to worry about when the mom, baby, and EMTs arrived in the ER. We felt much better after this run than after the run in February.  We had found that our EMS system worked, and it worked well.  We had found that our EMS system could actually save a child’s life when it was in danger.  Most of us went home very thankful for the knowledge that we gained on this day.  We were all proud of what we had accomplished. 

Today is Thanksgiving Day, and I could think of no more appropriate cases to be writing about on this day.  Our Beaver Island Community gets together for an ecumenical church service.  We meet at the Holy Cross Catholic Church.  All church members and non-members of any church are welcomed to this Thanksgiving Service.  Each of the three main churches on Beaver Island is represented in giving of the readings.  There is a reader from the Beaver Island Mission Episcopal Church, the Beaver Island Non-denominational Christian Church, and the Holy Cross Catholic Church.  The service incorporates the Beaver Island Community Choir with members from all three churches as well.  The prayers are spoken by all in attendance.  The hymns are sung by all in attendance.  The sermon is reflected upon by whichever preacher is on the island and wants to participate.  This is a community celebration where the entire church community comes together to sing and pray together to give thanks for the good things in life.  The comments today were perfect in the scripture reflection.  The good list of things that we can fairly easily give thanks for is only one of the lists that we have.  For this list we give thanksgiving.  There is also a list of negatives that builds character and makes us into the disciple that we are meant to become.  For this list we give “thanksliving”.  We give thanks for the negatives that have shown us how precious the positives in the list really are.  We give thanks that we are still living to be able to give thanks for the positives.  We give thanks for the life that we have chosen to live.  Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Thanksliving to all of you reading this.  BIEMS and I hope that all of your positives may outweigh your negatives, and, if not, you must truly be blessed.

In May we are called to the home of a 54 year old male patient who was having difficulties this morning at a little before seven in the morning.  He was having “prickling in the arms, a hot and then cold feeling when I rub my arms, and my tongue feels thick.  When I got up to got to the bathroom, I passed out against the wall of the bedroom without urinating.  I have tingling feeling in my legs also.”  He denied any pain of any kind.  He did say that he went to the Shamrock and had a “couple of beers” which he does not do very often.  He wasn’t sure that he needed to go to the hospital.  His hand grasps and foot presses were all strong and equal.  He had no history of heart problems or no previous history of any mini-strokes or stroke, but there was a family history of stroke.  His skin was pale, but warm and dry.  His pupils were equal and reactive to light.   His vital signs were pulse= 68, respirations of 16, blood pressure of 118/72, and his oximeter reading was 93 on room air.  We called a report to Sue in the Charlevoix ER and got an order for an IV of normal saline to keep the vein open.  We administered oxygen by nasal cannula at 4 liters per minute.  The patient’s history included that he was a runner who ran 2-3 miles three times per week.  We used the stair chair to carry the patient from his home down the steps after the patient demanded to be fully dressed before leaving.  We assisted the patient from the stair chair to the ambulance cot, loaded the cot, and transported the patient to the local airport where he was flown to the Charlevoix Airport with further transport to Charlevoix Hospital by Charlevoix EMS.  We provided him safe and efficient transport to the hospital. 

The interesting thing about this particular ambulance run relates to the fact that his insurance company would not pay the ambulance bill with a pickup point of his residence and a drop off point of the local airport.  You see, the land ambulance part of BIEMS service is licensed.  The air transport portion by local airline at that time was not licensed.  The mainland ambulance part of the transport is licensed as well.  The insurance company could not get past the unusual aspect of this rural ambulance run.  They would never pay for an ambulance that dropped the patient off at the local airport instead of taking him directly to the hospital.  I am not bad mouthing insurance companies, but they just don’t take the time to look at the rural EMS issue, and figure out that it makes a lot of logical sense to allow rural EMS some leeway in the rules and regulations.  The insurance company did, in fact, pay for the mainland ambulance because their destination had been the hospital.  They paid them without any question, but they could not see the relationship between the beginning and the end of this patient’s emergency.    It took them almost six years of patient and BIEMS letters to explain the situation before we finally got this problem worked out for our patients.  We also had a hard time convincing them that the reason for us using a non-licensed mode of transport was because we didn’t have any choice.  I don’t know of any ground ambulances that can travel across thirty-two miles of water.  I sent map after map, letter after letter, and finally we got them to realize the following:  IF A LICENSED AIR TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT IS NOT AVAILABLE, the patient still needs to get to the hospital in an emergency; there is a need for a minimum of two ambulance services to be involved, one on the island and one on the mainland; and BIEMS will use whatever means of transport that we can devise to get the patient where (s)he needs to go, licensed or unlicensed.  A further example may demonstrate this situation.
At this very moment, if an emergency were to occur on this Thanksgiving Day, we could contact Northflight’s fixed wing aircraft and ask the dispatcher to send the aircraft during the daylight hours only.  We have a letter sent by way of the rural health center that states that, due to the deer problem at the township airport, the Northflight aircraft would not be landing at this airport during the nighttime hours, in other words, when it is dark.  This would remain the Northflight policy until such time as the Beaver Island Township Airport has a fence completely around the perimeter that would prevent deer from crossing the airport property.  What does this mean for BIEMS and the patients that we serve?  It means that for almost two-thirds of our twenty-four hour day from the months of late September through late April or May, we are without a legal air transport agency that can transport our patient.  Two-thirds of the year and two-thirds of the days in that two-thirds of a year, we have no legal way to transport patients off Beaver Island.  So how do we function in the meantime?   We violate, quite literally ignore, the law.  We have no other choice.  A heart attack patient does not have the time to await the next daylight period of time to get to the hospital—neither does a severe allergic reaction patient, a fractured femur patient, or a chainsaw accident patient.  What do we do?  Our order of transport and our means of transport is based upon the patient’s ability to have delayed transport, and even more importantly, it is based upon the weather, both here on Beaver Island and at the patient’s destination.  We do what we have to do to get the job done.  We have an unwritten policy that is really very simple.  Get the patient where he needs to go as quickly and as safely as possible.  There is no insurance company issue considered.  There is no State of Michigan law that is considered.  There is no case for the BIEMS EMTs issue considered.  Every transport situation is judged on the patient’s condition and the weather.

 There are very few urban ambulance company employees that have to face this type of situation.  How would a city paramedic react if (s)he were paged to the serious medical emergency, and, quite literally, had not one hospital to transport his/her patient to.  This hospital that exists could not be reached no matter what route that was considered.  There was no way to divert to another hospital.  You have an RN on your crew who is also an EMT.  You have up to 48 hours to be responsible for this patient.  You have telephone and radio contact with your medical control hospital.  You have the supplies that are present in your rig and a few extra stashed at your station, you have plenty of runners, but you are it.  You are this patient’s only healthcare providers.  You do have a small emergency-like ER room to go to for waiting with a few bandaging supplies.  The room is warm, and there are restroom facilities available along with water, hot and cold.  The patient will be kept as comfortable as possible in this warm room.  The patient will be moved over to this ER bed for comfort.  You have your one set of drug boxes in the rig.  You have another set of drug boxes in the echo car.  There is no access to any other drugs.  There is no access to any laboratory facility.  You are the patient’s only hope of survival.  By the way, you knew all of this BEFORE you were even paged.  You lived with this possibility every day of your life, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  You could be the only healthcare provider your patient could see for up to 48 hours.  You have limited supplies, limited amount of drugs that your patient needs, and never enough help.  Boy, do you love this rural EMS!  It’s what keeps you going every single day.  It’s a challenge.  Tell one EMS law in the State of Michigan that covers this situation.  Tell me one training session that you have attended in regular paramedic school to prepare you for this situation.  Our average, AVERAGE, patient contact time is three and one-half hours from the run beginning and run completion including restocking and paperwork. 

Our shortest was the run to the local airport where a lady had tripped and fallen and fractured her hip.  Our response time was 5 minutes.  Splinting, backboarding, and loading her on the cot and into the aircraft took fifteen minutes.  The flight to Charlevoix took 20 minutes.  The Charlevoix EMS trip to the hospital, after unloading the patient from the aircraft, was about ten minutes.  Our shortest ambulance run without the trip back to the island and the stocking and the cleanup was 50 minutes.  If you add the time in the hospital, the return trip to the Island, restocking, cleaning, and electronic reporting, you can at least double that amount of time and then add some.  We would guess about two hours is the MINIMUM amount of time spent on each ambulance run.  In Grand Rapids, some ambulances run ten ambulance runs in one twelve hour shift.  Beginning to end averaged out, this is definitely quicker than our minimum without any down time, coffee and donut time, or any networking time.  As I have already stated, our longest ambulance run on record was 48 hours of responsibility for the patient.  The circumstances surrounding this situation was two days of solid fog in which no airplane or helicopter could fly, and there was no ferry boat running at the that time of year either.

On another May day, BIEMS is paged to the Four Corners for an electrical worker who is down.  The “man down” page is always one which will required every bit of skill that an EMS provider can put together and employ.  This man had been working at this location on the electrical wiring at the substation on this corner.  He had been electrocuted.  On the arrival of the ambulance, two first responders were performing CPR.  EMS took over the CPR and patient assessment continued.  We noted multiple burns on his hands, chest and head.  Some of his clothing was smoldering.  The clothing was removed, and an automatic external defibrillator was attached.  CPR was stopped.  The AED advised that “Shock Indicated”, all participants were clear of the patient, and one shock was given.  The message from the AED was “No shock indicated.”   Upon checking for a carotid pulse, the pulse was not present.  The patient was transported with CPR being performed enroute.  CPR in the ambulance.  CPR in the aircraft.  CPR in the Charlevoix EMS ambulance, and CPR in the door of the Charlevoix Hospital.  The patient had 100% oxygen, his respirations were being provided by an EMT using a bag-valve-mask.  The patient arrived at the closest hospital as quickly as anyone could get him there.  Unfortunately, this patient was pronounced dead in the ER.  We had done everything we could for this patient.  We had gotten him to the ER as safely and as quickly as humanly possible.  BIEMS learned that, even doing everything right, all patients may not survive.  We grieve for ourselves, for our community, and for this patient’s family.  Even though we did our best, we lost.

In June we were paged to the Lake Geneserath area, quite a way down the island, for a 77 year old male patient.  He had been in the hospital for a knee replacement and was discharged and sent home five days ago.  He had two episodes of rectal bleeding this morning with dark red blood noted.  The patient had made arrangements to fly off the island this morning early, but when he had gotten up, he became lightheaded and was unable to continue to process of getting ready to leave.  That was when we were paged to come down to help get him to the hospital.  Upon our EMS arrival, the patient was on the floor.  His pulse oximeter reading on room air was 92%.  His skin pale, cool, but dry.  He was complaining of knee and back pain, the same knee that he had had the surgery on.  He was alert and oriented.  We placed a pillow under the knee with the pain, and that seem to help with the pain.  His vital signs were somewhat normal, but we noted that he had atrial fibrillation with an irregular heart beat ranging from 96 to 128.  BIEMS was paged just a little before 8 a.m.  The patient had been put on coumadin to prevent clotting and to treat the atrial fibrillation clot formation that is likely.  The patient’s blood pressure presented postural problems.  When he sat up, his heart rate increased to the highest, and his blood pressure plummeted from normal to 90/60.  The patient needed some additional fluids.  Circulation was shunted away from his arms making location of a vein difficult.  The RN and the EMT-Specialist both attempted IV insertion and finally got a 20 gauge catheter in the right antecubital area on the opposite side of the arm as the elbow.  Transport was delayed due to weather.  BIEMS ambulance waited at the local airport for the weather to clear.  We left the residence at 8:30 a.m., and were still waiting for the weather to clear at 9:45 a.m.  Our medical control doctor was quite aware of the situation as we maintained radio contact throughout the wait.  The patient was flown by the local airlines with EMTs aboard to Charlevoix and our normal route and method.  He arrived at Charlevoix Hospital without any further problems.  We were to learn that he was later transferred back up to Northern Michigan Hospital where he had had his knee surgery and where he could receive treatment from his cardiologist.

A Short Snowshoeing Adventure

Where did the turkeys go?

by Joe Moore

Last winter, the winter of 2014, we had quite a bit of snow. The turkeys that were fed here on Carlisle Road and Kings Highway numbered more than one hundred. The number coming this year for the feeding is zero. So, the thought pattern is: Where did those turkeys go? In order to answer this question, the first trip was down Carlisle Road looking for turkey tracks. None was found. Another trip out Barney's Lake Road looking on the sides of the road, and none was found, but a friend stated they had been seen crossing Barney's Lake Road about a week ago.

Combining two hobbies of watching wildlife and snowshoeing seemed to be a logical thing to do. Off to do a little snowshoeing in search of turkey tracks also seemed a fairly good idea. So, a two-thirds of a mile trip up the driveway on the west side of Kings Highway seemed like a good idea. A close look for turkey tracks could be made from the Kings Highway out to Font Lake on the east side of the lake. It would also provide some good exercise in an attempt to get in shape for some more snowshoeing adventures.

Why would anyone head out to the natural surroundings without a vehicle to bring them back? That's the whole idea. Being out with nature and solitutde seemed to make sense since the search was for the missing turkeys. Bruce Cull was met at the beginning of the trip coming out from the same driveway. He had been checking on Dale Cull's house down this same driveway. He stopped and talked for a bit. Then the adventure truly began. Luckily, the snowmobiles had been down this driveway and there wasn't much depth of snow to plow through with the snowshoes, and the snowshoes did not sink down much making this a fairly easy beginning to the adventure.

It was really quiet heading back away from the Kings Highway. Only once in a while was a vehicle heard going down the Kings Highway. When arriving at the mobile home a third of the way to the lake, the human sounds of the island faded away, and the animal sounds of the island became the main sounds other than some wind. Slowly, but surely, one foot went in front of the other with pauses to hear the sounds of nature, and the open area of the lake became visible through the trees. Another pause allowed the sounds of crows, bluejays, and other birds were heard as well as the movements of a couple of squirrels, and the next thing that presented itself was the open, wide, bright and white, ice covered Font Lake.

Stopping in awe of the solitude and the beauty as well as the lack of human sounds was truly enjoyable.

Looking north toward Donegal Bay Road........Looking south toward the Nackerman farm

A pan of Font Lake from the east side


The adventure of solitutde was successful. No human sounds were heard; no chain saws, no snowmobiles, no cars, no trucks. Unfortunately, there were also no turkeys sounds and no turkey tracks. It was beginning to look like the turkeys had all headed south for the winter, and truly that is a working hypothesis. The snowmobile tracks disappeared out on Font Lake, but the only remnants showed the direction of travel as north. That's not the direction that this reporter was considering. Out at the edge of the water, there were several posts placed at equal distances and possibly identified as posts for a dock on the edge of Font Lake. This deserved investigation.

All of sudden, the snowshoes began breaking through the crust of the snow with the toe end of the snowshoes going in about six inches with the back of the snowshoe not breaking through the crust at all. This was becoming a lot of work to maintain balance, but there were these posts that were frozen solid into the lake edge that could be used for balance. The distance was no more than fifteen feet from the start of the posts to the end of the posts, but this was exhausting work just maintaining balance and keeping upright. Remember, this was the first adventure of the year on snowshoes. With a lot of effort, the end of the dock area was reached, and lo and behold, there was a perfect-sized piece of log sitting there looking like it was a perfect place to sit and recuperate.

Just like backing in the dark to sit on a toilet in the middle of the night by feel, but with snowshoes on, that was the idea that was going through the brain. Every post so far was frozen solid into the lake. As the glutes of the snowshoer approached the natural chair made just for this snowshoeing addict, the backside of the snowshoe decided to independently break through the crust of the snow. Just as the glutes touched the chair, both snowshoes broke through the crust, and the sitting process began. The world opened up and the log tipped over to the east, and the snowshoer was propelled by gravity.

Now, there was not another single person available to take a picture or a video of this event. You will have to use your imagination. Here goes. There was this somewhat overweight human with one shoulder denting down all the way to the ground into a three foot snowdrift. One leg is twisted to the northeast while the other was twisted to the southwest. The camera bag and the cellphone on the human's right side is wedged underneath this human into the same snowdrift. The bag with the emergency radio has flown off the other shoulder and is lying about four feet east of the same snowdrift. If another human had been present, they would have seen the heel part of two snowshoes pointing upward, a bag sitting on top of the crust of this pile of snow, the left arm of the snowshoer flailing in the air trying to get some idea of where up and down were, and the sounds coming out of the alien creature like moans in a scary movie. This thing lying in the snowdrift wouldn't have been recognized as a person. From a distance, it must have looked like a semi-conscious squirrel having been hit in the head by a rock from a slingshot. The thoughts of the snowshoer were very much like the thoughts of this squirrel might be.

"What the heck just happened? Where am I? Which way is up?" Then after the brain began to clear a little bit, "How do I get disentangled and how do I get up? Am I okay? How do I reach the radio if I'm hurt?"

Rather than attempting to get up, I laid there letting my head clear, letting my logical brain begin to work it's way through this problem. At this point, I didn't care about where the turkeys went, and I didn't care that all the animals sounds had stopped. My fall either had the animals and birds laughing so hard that they couldn't make any other sound, or it had caused them to be scared beyond making a sound. I know that I was scared for a short time as I lay there in the snowdrift thinking and feeling and wondering if I might be found laying here by someone later in the day when my wife decided that I had been gone too long and sent someone out to look for me.....

My brain cleared slowly. I must have laid in that drift for a full five minutes, but it seemed like an eternity. I then began the process of disentangling my legs and the snowshoes. That, in itself, would have made another person laugh out loud. I needed to get the legs into a position that would allow me to get up. So, using the snowshoes like a snowplow, I pushed the snow out of the way to get the feet on the same plane as the waist. That took a while, being out of shape, to just to push the snow toward the west side of the lake. One leg had to do the pushing first to get a solid point of leverage before the second leg could begin to do the same thing. The movement of one leg being similar to the movements of a frog jumping from one lilly pad to another except that the snowshoe was moving horizontally with the front poining north and the heel point south with the left edge of the snowshoe pointing up.

Have you ever tried to do a push-up with your feet on the couch and your right shoulder on the floor while you are lying on your right side? That's what this felt like. It was important to get the legs and the feet on the same level as the shoulder.

Having plowed the three foot of snowdrift away from knees down to the feet, it became necessary to get the waist at the same level as the shoulder and the knees, so the left arm began digging the snow out from the knees all the way up to the chest. As I lay there, and dug with my left hand, I probably looked like a stick that had been snapped in the middle but not quite broken apart or more like a snake with one part moving in one direction and the other in the opposite direction. The snow was pushed down toward my knees and pushed away by my feet attached to snowshoes. Finally, the majority of the body was on approximately the same level. I lay there resting for a minute or two thinking about what I might look like by someone across the lake.

Did you see that animal across the lake go down? Did you see it flailing away with its legs? It seemed to be digging a hole in the snow bank. Do you think it was digging down to get out of the wind? Then all of a sudden, the animal seemed to disappear into the snow. Now, wait, I see one leg moving. It's rocking. No, it's moving like a horse down on its side and trying to get up. No, wait, it must be on all fours because what I can see is longer and sticking up out of the snow.

Yes, well, I guess that must be what it looked like. I actually rolled onto my knees and my elbows, face down in a snowdrift with my right ear and the hood of my jacket full of snow. The snow was melting and dripping down toward my nose and my chin. The snow in the hood went down my back, but I was determined to get up somehow, some way. I pushed myself up to my knees in the snow drift. Now the snowshoes' heels were pointed up and, and the toes were leaning me forward. I stopped and waited to catch my breath. I was perching there in the snowdrift much like the bluejay sitting on a branch. I took my wet gloves off, reached and grabbed the bag with the emergency radio, got rid of the dripping, melting snow, and pondered how to get back on my feet.

I needed a stationary object to help get back up. Looking around, I noticed the posts to the dock structure. Plowing snow with my knees, one at a time, I moved toward this dock post. Not wanting to fall on my shoulder or any other part of my body again, I checked to make certain that the post was, in fact, stationary. Acting like a big black bear, I shook the post, or at least I tried to shake it. It was definitely frozen into its vertical position. "Okay, here we go," I spoke to the environment around me, but no one heard it but me. Using one left arm on the post and one right leg in a snowshoe, I pushed myself back into a standing position. "Wow! That was an adventure!" I remarked outloud to no one.

I checked myself out doing a head to hips exam to make certain that, other than my pride, nothing else was injured. Luckily, due to the snowdrift, there was nothing broken, but I know at that moment that I'm going to be sore tomorrow.

Yes, I made it home. Yes, I still hurt. Yes, my pride is still bruised, and I have a few bruises on my body as well. This truly turned out to be an adventure! Now, where are those turkeys?

A short video clip of the location of the fall


This Old Cookbook-17

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."


1 onion cut in slivers

1 small clove garlic

1 Tablespoon Fat

Brown onion and garlic

1 pound hamburg, add to onions and garlic, cook three minutes

3 cups of water..........3 Tablespoons Soy sauce

Ad water and soysauce to mixture and bring to a boil

Add 1 can of green beans.

Thicken with 2 and a half Tablespoons of cornstarch.

Service with rice.

by Pat Orr, 8 years old

A Year of Reflection

by Joe Moroe

This year of 1996 was one in which our little EMS group began to know how much it was needed.  It was also one in which we began to grow even more frustrated with our inability to provide emergency care at a level above Basic Life Support and providing a route for medication  This year we also had a different provider at the medical center who was very supportive and willing to help out as much as possible.  This person also was a nurse practitioner with a Master’s Degree which, for those that don’t keep up on this stuff, is a lot more education than a Physician’s Assistant.  I don’t want to bore you with this issue, but it is really an important one for our BIEMS group.  The FNP or family nurse practitioner is an independent practitioner with at least six years of college education.  They are a mid-level provider, but are considered by physicians as much higher than a PA due to the amount of education.  A PA usually a registered nurse who takes two years of training above the nursing level so most have four years of education—two to become an RN and two more to become a PA.  There are four year PA programs at the college level in which gets the person a Bachelor’s Degree.  So the main difference is a matter of two years of education.  That being said, there are people who love emergencies and there are people who tolerate emergencies.  There are people who want to take over the patient during an emergency and those that want to support the care already taking place.  Our new provider was a mid-level provider who wanted to support our local EMS and provide backup care and medical knowledge in an emergency.  This was just the proper balance for our BIEMS staff to learn and grow.  Our prior PA was loved by the community and our local EMS group, but decided to move on to other places.  Being on call 24-7 and responsible for the healthcare of an entire community without backup had caused our beloved PA to “burn out”.  It probably didn’t help that he was also in the National Guard and deacon in the Catholic Church, a father, a husband, a friend, and a neighbor.  We had exchanged a take-over kind of guy with a stand-back and watch kind of gal.  It was a major change in the emergency care on Beaver Island.

The year started with a fractured hip and then things got quite quiet for several months, but then the summer season was upon us and the EMS service was really, really busy for our little rural outfit.  We began to stretch our wings and see what emergency care could be for our little EMS group here on Beaver Island.  The trust developed throughout the year, and our RN/EMT began to play a more advanced role in the patient care outside of the medical center.  Don’t get me wrong.  We were not illegally providing advanced life support outside of our license level.  The RN/EMT began to provide this care as an employee of the medical center just like the PA had done in prior years.  Here is an example.

BIEMS is paged to the home of a 62 year old female who is complaining of chest pain.   This pain had been occurring over the last hour and a half.  It had woken her up from her sleep.  At first the patient thought it was indigestion, and she took a medication for that, but it did not provided any relief.  The patient stated, “The pain feels anginal.”  This patient should know because she has a history or mitral valve prolapse.  Our RN/EMT had stopped in at the medical center and picked up a portable bag setup for these types of medical emergencies so she reached into this “medicine bag” and took out a bottle of nitroglycerin.  With vital signs taken:  P=88, R=24, BP= 122/74, oxygen on with an pulse oximetry reading of 90 on room air and 97 on oxygen, and lung sounds clear our RN/EMT gave one nitroglycerin.  This caused the blood pressure to decrease to 98/63, but caused a decrease in the pain.  Vital signs were monitored every 3-5 minutes, and thirteen minutes later another nitroglycerin was given with the same result.  We had just determined that this patient was having a heart attack, an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). 

Why was this an important determination?  What is the big deal?  The big deal was that now we were able to speak to medical control with more knowledge and more verifiable information.  The big deal was that our patient could now go directly to the facility that she needed to go to.  This direct patient transport to the facility of need, instead of to the closest hospital, makes a huge difference to the patient.  Instead of this patient flying to Charlevoix for tests to determine IF this was an AMI, and then being transferred by ground ambulance to a hospital capable of fixing the problem, the patient’s care by a cardiologist could begin immediately upon arrival at the proper facility.  I want to give you the time difference so you’ll truly understand the difference.

AMI patient going to Charlevoix Hospital and then transferred:
Time in flight to Charlevoix and trip to hospital                    30 minutes
Time in ER for evaluation                                                       30 minutes
Time in ground transfer                                                          60 minutes
TOTAL TIME TO DEFINITIVE CARE                              120 MINUTES

AMI patient direct to definitive care:
Time in flight to Traverse City                                                40 minutes
Ambulance ride to Munson Hospital                                      20 minutes
TOTAL TIME TO DEFINITIVE CARE                              60 MINUTES

We had effectively cut the time to definitive care in half from 2 hours to 1 hour.  All of this was based upon one simple issue—the ability to give nitroglycerin to the patient in the patient’s home prior to transport decisions being made.

We made the radio report to medical control and reported that nitroglycerin had relieved the pain twice spread out over 13 minutes.  Medical control agreed with our decision to send this patient directly to Munson Medical Center for the needed treatment effectively bypassing Charlevoix Hospital.  By the way, the nurse practitioner was on scene.  The nurse practitioner provided the legal basis for the administration of the nitroglycerin.  The nurse practitioner stood in the background and offered suggestions while treatment proceeded.   This single ambulance run changed the whole complexion of how EMS would evolve on this island in the middle of Lake Michigan.  We had proven that an effective and accurate field diagnosis could change the transport decision and hopefully change the outcome for our patients.

Our next cardiac case happened just three days later.  The medical control doctor was different, and our patient had to await definitive treatment for his congestive heart failure.  We were allowed to start an IV on our 77 year old male patient whose residence was down the East Side Drive.  This patient had a previous heart attack and had already been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  He was on medications for the congestive heart failure.  The high flow oxygen given within one minute of arrival helped decrease this patient’s chest pain which radiated to his left shoulder and the left side of his jaw.  Our nurse practitioner was not available.  This patient was transported directly from the local airport to Charlevoix and then by Charlevoix EMS to Charlevoix Hospital.  He was admitted to Charlevoix Hospital overnight and was then transferred to another facility.  The discussion in our local EMS group was related to why this patient didn’t get transported to the final facility in the first place when travel time would have made this possible sooner.

“BIEMS, respond to Greene’s Bay for an 84 year old male who has fallen down the steps,” our dispatcher called the page out.  Greene’s Bay is quite a drive from the ambulance barn.  The roads necessary to get there include King’s Highway to Paid Een Og to West Side Drive by the township airport to Greene’s Bay Road down over the bluff on the west side of Beaver Island, and then down a two track to the driveway to the house.  You have to make certain that you turn the right direction at the bottom of the bluff and then make the proper turn into the correct driveway.  When EMS arrived, the 84 year old man was lying right where he had fallen.  He had been coming down the steps from the second floor, tripped, and come down fourteen carpeted steps.  He was found lying on his right side at the bottom of the steps.  The patient was awake and oriented, but he spoke very little English since his first language was French.  The family helped with translation for our EMS crew.  He had a history of TIA mini-strokes about six months ago.  The patient complained of left sided rib pain, pain to the left forearm, and pain to the thoracic spine area on palpation.  Swelling was noted to the left forearm in the area of the pain.  A head to toe exam also revealed pain in the groin area.  He had a bruise to his right forehead with an abrasion noted as well to the same area.  The treatment included pillow splinting between his legs secured with triangle bandages while the cervical collar was applied.  The arm was protected while the patient was log-rolled onto a spine board.  The patient’s spine was fully immobilized to the long board, and then the splint and sling/swathe applied to the injured arm.  The patient had oxygen flowing by non-rebreather mask at 15 liters per minute.  A report was given to medical control using the  telephone since radio communication was not possible down below Evangeline’s Bluff.  We received no orders from medical control for an IV or anything else.  The patient was transported in a great deal of pain to the local airport reversing the trip from town, loaded into the plane and flown to Charlevoix where he was unloaded from the plane, and reloaded into the Charlevoix EMS ambulance and taken to Charlevoix Hospital. 

The most difficult patient for all EMS providers is a young child.  When paged down the East Side Drive at midnight for a two and a half year old patient who had fallen, we were all immediately awakened by the adrenalin rush of the page and the age of the patient.  When we arrived, we were very concerned with the grandfather who was outside in the yard carrying her around pacing the yard.  EMS instructed the grandfather to go back into the house with the child so we could have some light to evaluate her.  The first thing that we noticed was that the child was not upset with our arrival on the scene.  Usually a child of this age does not want to be taken away from his/her caregiver.  This child was lethargic.  We found out that the child had climbed up an attic pull-down steps.  (I would sure like to know why these were down in the first place and why the child was up at midnight, but we did not want to alienate the caregivers.)  She had fallen about eight feet.  The mechanism of injury was a serious one for a child of this age so we began full spinal immobilization.  We had to use towels to stabilize the cervical spine.  We used the short backboard to stabilize the rest of the spine, arms and legs.  The patient did not whimper or complain about any treatment provided including the placement of a pediatric non-rebreather mask set at 10 liters per minute.  We wanted to transport this patient using Northflight due to the pediatric trauma issue, but when called, Northflight responded, “All of pilots are timed out.”  This made our options quite limited.  We contacted the local airline pilot who agreed to fly this patient and caregiver to Charlevoix.  The patient was transported in the normal manner, but, partway to the airport, the patient began vomiting large amounts of undigested food.  We quickly placed the short board on its side and began suctioning the airway to protect the child who still remained somewhat lethargic.  The patient was evaluated at Charlevoix Hospital.

On a cold September afternoon, we were paged to yet another pediatric call out the King’s Highway to a three year old male patient who had fallen off the bed around noon.  The baby sitter had placed him on the coach, and when mom stopped to get the child from the babysitter at 4 p.m., the child cried when mom tried to pick him up.  Mom picked him up and immediately took the child to the medical center.  X-rays showed a distal right femur fracture with the leg swollen and the foot externally rotated.  The patient did have a history of bone problems, and was being evaluated for genetic bone density problems.  This patient had a previous femur fracture on the left three months ago, and he had just begun walking from the previous injury only three days ago.  Patient was given Tylenol with codeine at the medical center.  The patient was placed on the backboard with the leg in the position of comfort.  I made a phone call to report to medical control and requested permission to bypass Charlevoix Hospital to get this patient up to Northern Michigan Hospital to an orthopedic surgeon.  The patient’s vital signs were all within normal limits so permission was given for this bypass to get our patient to the definitive care needed.  The patient was flown to Harbor Springs Airport, which takes the same amount of time as to fly to Charlevoix, and taken to Northern by Life Link ambulance which takes about 10 minutes.  This child is now a healthy teenage student at the school where I teach.  I doubt that he remembers that day, but I certainly do.

In October we were paged to Barney’s Lake Road to a 34 year old female who had been doing some deep fat frying and had been splashed and burnt.  The patient’s relative had driven all the way home before placing the emergency call.  This caused the ambulance to respond to the wrong address, but the exact address from which the emergency call was made.  Before we got to the Four Corners, however, the issue had been cleared up by radio.  Upon arrival, we found the patient with first degree burns to her hands and second degree burns to her forehead, nose, and chin.  Her vital signs were all within normal limits.  She was not in shock, but needed something for pain.  The RN/EMT called medical control on the telephone (she also worked in that ER), and she received permission to give the patient Demerol 75 mg for pain relief with Phenergan 25 mg to control nausea.  She was transported to Charlevoix Hospital by the normal route.

In December of this year we were called to transport another of my students, a 17 year old patient who had been sick for a few days.  She had been complaining of shortness of breath for about one hour at the medical center before the decision was made to transport her to the hospital.  She was very weak and unable to get out of the car at the  medical center without help.  Her lungs were congested, but would clear with a cough.  She was hyperventilating upon arrival of BIEMS.  Her fingers were cramping and her lips were tingling.  The medical center staff had her rebreath her exhalations using a paper bag.  The patient appeared to become unconscious at one point, but a sternal rub encouraged her to breathe more regularly.  Her boyfriend stated that her temperature at home had been 102.  The patient was loaded onto the BIEMS cot and given oxygen by nasal cannula at 2 liters per minute.  Her vital signs remained normal throughout the transport from the medical center to Charlevoix Airport.  Her boyfriend was a student of mine in the nighttime basic EMT class, and she was in two of my classes during the regular school day. 

The most serious run of the year happened on a December evening.  The long drive down the Kings Highway was to a 31 year old male patient who had fallen down the basement stairs to land on a cement floor.  Upon EMS arrival, the patient was unresponsive with bleeding from the nose.  He became responsive to pain with withdrawal from a pinch on the right side and was able to grasp with his right hand so was responsive to verbal command, but no withdrawal  or grasp from a pinch on the left side.  He had a laceration on the back of his head, very “raspy” breathing, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.  The patient’s pupils were dilated and sluggish to start and then the right pupil was fixed and dilated while the left was pinpoint and non-reactive to light.  His left eye began to swell outward.  This signified a very serious head injury.  The patient was fitted for a cervical collar and given 100% oxygen by non-rebreather mask after placement of an oral airway.  His heart rate was only 41 beats per minute with respirations of 14 and a blood pressure of 134/76.  Orders from medical control included an IV of normal saline, and an order to intubate (place a tube directly into the trachea using direct visualization).  The IV catheter was a 16  gauge (larger than usual) in the left arm run to keep the vein open.  His oxygen saturation was 98% on oxygen.  We log-rolled the patient onto the backboard and provided complete spinal immobilization.  His breathing was very erratic just before loading the patient into the ambulance so he was assisted by using a bag-valve-mask.  The patient began projectile vomiting which required suctioning to protect his airway and then had clenched teeth so no oral intubation was possible.  At the home we called for Northflight.  The weather was not good for flying.  We called the local airline pilot who echoed the “bad night for flying”.  Our only option left was a phone call to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station in Traverse City.  Medical control wanted this patient taken direct to Northern Michigan Hospital.  The USCG Flight Surgeon okayed the flight, and the helicopter took off from Traverse City enroute to the Beaver Island Township Airport.  They had an EMT aboard the helicopter.  BIEMS ambulance met the USCG helicopter at the township airport one hour and forty minutes after we had been dispatched.  We helped load the backboarded patient into the USCG helicopter, and it taxied out to take off.  The next thing we knew the helicopter was coming back.  The patient had started vomiting, and the onboard EMT did not feel comfortable taking care of him.  We suctioned the patient, and then we were requested to send one of our people along with the patient.  I was elected to climb into the helicopter to maintain our patient’s airway and ventilate him as needed with 100% oxygen.  The helicopter took off, but I didn’t even know that it had because I was busy with the patient’s airway.  Unbeknownst to me, arrangements had been made to clear a parking lot at Northern Michigan Hospital so that the helicopter could land right there at the hospital.  The first I knew we were landing was a hand signal that meant we were landing.  In the parking lot, I was met by an ER nurse who was also a paramedic.  I gave him report stating that the airway had been clear for about half the flight without suctioning and that his respirations had become normal rhythm and rate at about the same time.  I reported that his Glasgow Coma Scale was 7 out of 15 (not a good indicator), but that I had been unable to intubate due to the clenched teeth.  The entire trip in the helicopter had taken only ten minutes from airport to parking lot.  I was guided back to the helicopter, climbed aboard, and was transported back to the island.  The only reason I got home was because they had left their swimmer at the Beaver Island Township Airport and had to go back to pick him up.  This was my first trip with a patient aboard the helicopter, and I was impressed by its ability to provide the quick transport directly to the hospital.  I was to find out that this was a truly unusual situation.  It has never happened that way again so far in the next ten years of EMS on Beaver Island.

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Vacation Bible School

Please Join Us at…


“Weird Animals: Where Jesus’s Love is One-of-a-Kind”
June 30th, July 1st & 2nd
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For children ages 3 – 12.
(Arts & Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Imagination Stations, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church
***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 2nd…Details to follow.***

As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.
If you would like to make a donation to this program, please send it to the Beaver Island Christian Church, earmarked for VBS!

Brought to you by: Beaver Island Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the St. James Episcopal Mission

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 or debrob2@yahoo.com
Kim Mitchell 448-2532 or beaverislandkim@gmail.com

***Volunteers Needed***

National Honor Society Inductees

From left to right: Ryan Boyle, Meg Works, Sarah Avery, Hannah Roberts,the two new inductees, and Lillian Wiser.

Simeon Richards and Courtney Smith have joined the National Honor Society at BICS.

Scott McGinnity to Retire from US Army

Scott McGinnity and his wife, Marianne Rubinberg McGinnity

Scott McGinnity is retiring from the US Army after 23 years of service on July 31, 2015. Last night, February 26, 2015, he was honored at the Richmond Hill City Center during a Hail and Farewell Ceremony hosted by 1st brigade 1-47 Field Artillery at Fort Stewart, Georgia. During the ceremony all incoming higher enlisted Non Commissioned Officers as well as Officers were introduced (Hailed) and all outgoing/retiring higher enlisted Non Commissioned Officers and Officers were honored (Fare-welled). Scott received the Battalion Colors (the Battalion Flag which represents the 1-41 Field Artillery Battalion).

The picture on the left is when scott returned from his last deployment and the picture on the right is our daughter, Sammie, in his uniform for his Father's Day photos as his last Father's Day in the Army. They were lucky enough that their last duty station placed them in coastal Georgia, so they are only 4 hours from Mike & Pat McGinnity and have the opportunity to see them quite a bit! Marianne said, "We really need to make a Beaver Island trip in the near future...when its warmer....and the snow is gone."

USCG Does Orientation Flights

While waiting for a flight to Beaver Island on Wednesday, a USCG helicopter flew over the airport doing something similar to a touch and go landing without actually touching down. The helicopter flew the length of the runway and then took off north. After a return flight to the island, the USCG helicopter was heard flying over the harbor area heading south. This made an opportunity for a quick picture.

From Holy Cross

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day: “Patrick,” an award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), with Gabriel Byrne ( The Usual Suspects), as the voice of Patrick offers a dramatic new look at one of the best loved icons of world religion. The story of St. Patrick is part adventure and a tale of spiritual awakening. Filmed entirely on location in Ireland featuring an Emmy nominated soundtrack will be shown at 430pm. Saint Patrick’s Day in the Church. Running time: 60 minutes.

The Green Flag--The Irish Flag

March Mass Intentions

Cindy Ricksgers' First Beaver Beacon

Corned Beef Dinner Raffle

The ladies of the Beaver Island Friends of Veterans will be selling raffle tickets for a corned beef dinner basket with the drawing to be held on Friday, March 13,2015 at 8:00 PM at The Shamrock.  Tickets are 6/$5.00

The basket includes all the fixings for a real Irish boiled dinner, along with a few Irish beverages and "things Irish".

You can get your tickets from the members of Beaver Island Friends of Veterans or at Stoney Acres or the Shamrock from 5:00 to 7:30 on the night of the raffle.  If you are approached, please be generous as the proceeds of this raffle help the organization with their projects in the community throughout the year.

History of the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids

A Short History

(Provided by Dee Gallagher)

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

Language for Operational millage, Airport millage, and Transfer Station millage

This language was approved at the St. James Township Meeting on 2/4/15.

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